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Dec 21, 2012 11:35pm PST
. >> the national rifle association. >> reporter: wayne lapierre, the long-time executive vice president of the nra, took to the podium in washington just an hour or so after the national moment of remembrance. for a week, the nra had been silent, uncharacteristically silent as their opponents lambasted them. >> change, change, change! >> reporter: today, lapierre fired back. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. but since when did the gun automatically become a bad word? i call on congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation. >> reporter: it was the classic nra crisis response. no retreat. no surrender. the answer to gun violence is, more guns, lapierre said, and rerailed against the very notion of gun-free school zones. >> they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. >> reporter: lapierre really had another mission. blame. it's not guns, he argued, it's -- >> blood-soaked films out there, viole
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Dec 23, 2012 8:00am PST
our headliner this morning, the nra's new point person on school shootings, asa hutchinson. then the senate debate with republican johnny isakson and democrat amy klobuchar. plus our powerhouse roundtable with newark mayor cory booker, anti-tax activist and nra board member grover norquist, peggy noonan of "the wall street journal" and katrina vanden heuvel from "the nation." >>> hello, again. the president and congress are off for christmas fleeing a capitol filled with political rancor and political dysfunction. fiscal cliff talks have completely collapsed. questions about the president's new national security team has forced him to announce the appointments piecemeal and the nra's first response to the tragedy in newtown provoked a fierce debate. we'll cover that starting with the nra's choice to lead a national effort to protect schools, former congressman, asa hutchinson. good morning, mr. hutchinson. thanks for joining us this morning. >> hi. >> you emphasized at the press conference friday you will be independent. but as you begin your effort, this national school sh
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Dec 21, 2012 5:30pm PST
justice correspondent, pierre thomas. >> the nra has blood on its hands! shame on the nra! >> reporter: the nra leader had barely begun when protesters blamed the powerful lobby for the nation's epidemic of gun violence. >> nra, stop killing our children! >> reporter: but the nra was defiant. after remaining silent in the wake of the worst elementary school shooting in the nation's history, wayne lapierre was on the attack, blaming others for the recent carnage. high on the list, violent video games. >> there exists in this country, a callous, corrupt, and corrupting shadow industry that sells and stows violence against its own people. >> reporter: nra officials insist new laws restricting gun owners, including a ban on assault rifles, won't work. the primary solution the nra offers, armed security in every school. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. >> reporter: critics pounced. >> the nra's blanket call to arm our schools is really nothing more than a distraction. >> reporter: new york city mayor michael bloomberg called the nra statement a sh
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Dec 21, 2012 11:00am PST
of the connecticut school shooting. the country heard from the nra this morning announcing a controversial plan to reduce gun violence. as the nra made that announcement, a protester stole the limelight for a moment holding up a sign protesting the nra. wendy gillette is live in connecticut. >> reporter: it is such an emotional day for everyone who lives around here. when those bells tolled we saw a couple dozen or so people who went to stand by a makeshift memorial around the corner from here as they looked at bears, balloons, some wept as they reflected on a week that has been so difficult and caused so much pain. bells tolled in newtown, connecticut and across the nation. 26 rings in all, one for each of the 26 victims killed inside sandy hook elementary. the moment of silence was held 9:30 this morning when the gunman began his rampage in the school one week ago killing six adults and 20 children. the remembrance of the victims extended to the white house. president obama honored the moment of silence behind closed doors. he sent out a tweet beforehand that says: 20 beautiful children and s
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Dec 24, 2012 4:00am PST
criticism being aimed at the nra. the heated debate over guns is ahead. >>> welcome back. well, so far, it's been a quiet holiday season at the malls. analysts say shoppers are worried about the budget stalemate in washington or they're delayed by superstorm sandy or depressed by the connecticut school shootings. >> as we hear from nick watt, the holiday shopping season is not over yet. >> reporter: we have just entered the final frantic hours of gift buying. you look stressed. >> i have a little anxiety. i'm not going the lie. i'm tripping out. >> reporter: there are crumbs of comfort. the sign says the delayed gifts might be the best. number one, frugality i vap rates. you throw money at the problem. number two, you make a gut instinct decision. >> you want to buy a sweater for your wife. if you think about it too much, you may outthink yourself and not make a good choice. >> reporter: you to feel you perform better under pressure? >> absolutely. you have to make a good decision. you have to make a decision. >> reporter: stores stay open for the last-minute larrys. target until 10:00 p.m
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Dec 21, 2012 4:00pm PST
at nra broke their silence today on the newtown tragedy. >> nra chief expressed condolences to the shooting victims and families then offered his organization's plan for dealing with gun violence, the nra solution is post an armed police officer in every american school. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> he went on to blame america's gun violence on video games and new media, which he accused of misreporting facts about prior arms. he was inrupted twice by protestors holding banners blaming the nra for killing children. >> we've been getting reaction from law enforcement schools and members of congress. >> abc 7 is in the newsroom with more, mark? >> you heard the nra vice president say the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is so far a have a good guy with a gun, an armed guard. the nra executive vice president called on congress. >> prop yait whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school in this nation. >> he said there are monsters who feed on media attention and see schools as an easy target. >> the onl
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Dec 21, 2012 6:00pm PST
conference where the nra breaks it's silence by suggesting there should be more guns on campus, not fewer. >> nra says there should be an armed police officer at every school. >> abc 7 news mark matthews is here, got quite a reaction today it did. and a few expected the nra to come out in favor of gun control but executive vice president never brought it up. national rifle association sent a sharp mess yachblgt no retreat. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> nra meter said what is needed is an armed police officer in every single school. and he accused washington of rank hypocrisy for protecting the president but failing to do the same for school children. >> we as a society leave them every day utterly defenseless. >> nravp unloaded on the news media and condemned producers of violent video games and the police chief points out there is no mention of gun autos to suggest that guns shouldn't be part of the conversation? i think that is ridiculous. >> the chief calls it crazy to allow the clips and weapons of war on our city streets. >> i have gun
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Dec 23, 2012 5:30pm PST
. tonight, the nra and its supporters are doubling down. we're hearing reports of a rush at gun shows and stores across america today, people buying assault weapons before a possible ban. as nra executives fanned out across the air waves with a message of defiance. abc's david kerley is on the story. >> reporter: the nra today stuck by its guns, that every american school should have an armed guard. >> if it's crazy to call for putting police and armed security in our schools to protect our children, then call me crazy. >> the nra has blood on its hands! >> reporter: two days ago. amid protesters and refusing to take questions, the head of the nra unveiled this plan. belittled by some. today wayne lapierre defends himself. >> when that horrible monster tried to shoot his way into that school, if a good guy with a gun was there, he might have been able to stop them. >> reporter: the murder massacre in newtown, connecticut, has led some nra supporters to call for control of guns and magazine clips. the nra supporters blame the media, the entertainment culture, and the lack of mental hea
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Dec 22, 2012 4:00am PST
. the nra chief, making his case for armed guards at schools. this is more than four dozen stars lend their voices to a new video to end gun violence. we'll tell you about their message coming up. and mayor michael bloomberg spoke out about this. >>> also coming up this morning, on a lighter note, the extraordinary new bionic body suit technology, making miracles for people who never thought they would walk again. we're going to hear from these people. their stories are extraordinary. >>> and we congratulate our good friend, sam champion, who got married yesterday to rubem. a small ceremony in sam's manhattan apartment. all of his "gma" pals were there. robin, still recovering from her bone marrow transplant, looking beautiful in red. lara and josh were there, as well. sam champion, a married man. >> that's great. and in honor of sam champion, we're going to lead with the weather this morning. >>> we're going to start with the snow and ice and wind creating holiday travel tribulations, including for our own meteorologist, ginger zee, who had a rough ride getting from iowa to chicago.
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Dec 24, 2012 3:00am PST
with the muppets there. >>> topping our news right now, the nra is not backing down from its call to place armed officers in the nation schools. >> congressman chris murphy whose district includes newtown calls it tone deaf and also revolting. >> reporter: from the brooklyn bridge in new york to the sidewalks of falls church, virginia, anti-gun protests are springing up around the country. the debate on gun control has also triggered a run on gun shows and gun stores. sales are soaring as people rush to buy assault weapons before a possible ban. >> we're completely out of the so-called assault weapons. so they're buying up everything. >> reporter: an abc news "washington post" poll show more americans continue to favor more restrictions on gun ownership. even sales of gun safes are shooting up. >> people are definitely concerned about the safety of their families and kids. >> reporter: a week after the massacre of those innocent children and adults in newtown, connecticut, the head of the national rifle association unveiled his plan, calling for every american school to have an armed guard. >> w
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Dec 21, 2012 6:00am PST
conference to spoken to the school tragedy. nra executive director said this week today's news conference is to discuss how the nra can make "meaningful contributions to prevent future mass shootings." the group has stayed mostly quiet immediately after the tragedy last week. nra didn't release first public comments until four days after the shooting. >>> police investigating a car tho a series of robberies. ss reported in antioch on highway 4 at g street. witnesses say the driver crashed the car after a chase with police. suspect ran but÷çk)r was caughtd bitten by a police dog. incident happened around the same time that a series of convenience and liquor store robberies took place they were reported in brentwood and]níp' antioch overnight. >>> traffic and weather together, next. live look at live doppler 7 hd, you see the blue and yellow and red, indicating rain and intensity, meteorologist mike nicco tracking that. impact the storm is having on the morning commute. >>> ahead, smartphone map likely to get you lost. >>> welcome back. heavy rain in the north bay i wanted to show you th
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Dec 21, 2012 11:00pm PST
guards to protect schools. the nra blamed video games for violence against children. hear from the nra and those who lost loved ones in mass shootings. >>> an east bay high school football star shot and killed in san francisco was honored tonight. sergio quintana was in the high school. >> his closest friends pay tribute through funny stories. >> my mom would always make hill food. he would love garbonzo beans. i don't know why, but he just did. >> members of the football team honored their fellow football player with a video after this event. on this friday evening a couple hundred people packed into this dimmed gymnasium to pay tribute to a fellow student, friend and talented athlete. the organizers then passed out candles and moved the crowd on to the football field. montrell was only a student since the beginning of the school year, but he left a lasting impression. >> his smile was super contagious. you say hi and you have a bad day and his smile -- you can't help but smile back. >> huey was gunned down last weekend while visiting family in the bay view district of san francisco.
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Dec 21, 2012 5:00pm PST
at school. >> guns at schools bother me. >> but that is what nra is í every school has a police officer to protect children. this is a parent with kids attending oakland schools. he fears students will get the wrong message. >> that you're not safe anywhere. and that the only safety you have comes from outside, someone else willing to wave a gun around. >> oakland unified has a small police force costing millions of dollars. jody london is a school board member. >> i've got 90 schools in oakland, on guard at every school. some campuses are large. how much is that going to cost? >> he agrees it misses a few high schools here have yielded results. >> we've had no shootings or gun related incidents since deploying police officers starting four years ago. >> four years ago, richmond high was the scene of a brutal gang he rape. cram asks officers were added. jim roger saz parent and vice mayor of richmond and on the fence. >> advantage would be prapts in cases that when shootings do occur, police officers could respond to it. cuú this has opened up the discussion of how to keep kids safe at
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Dec 23, 2012 7:00am PST
to change the laws around guns? >> it's another big question. you saw what happened on friday. the nra, the national rifle association came out with their first response to the newtown tragedy and their bottom line, there shouldn't be any new gun control. you heard wayne lapierre say the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun so they're staking their claim there, and on the other hand, you see some prominent nra members came out like senator joe manchin and wants to limit magazine clips. i believe something will come out. the key is speed and that's why the president has asked vice president biden to come back with his recommendations before the end of january. >> the trick is given how partisan things are, will that happen? all right, george, merry christmas, great to see you. and be sure to join george when his guests include asa hutchinson, the head of the nra announced nationally a new school shield program. >> big show for george this morning. >>> moving on now, while it's not as dire as the whole fiscal cliff situation, a lot are upset at the game show "wh
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Dec 22, 2012 1:05am PST
called for armed guards to protect schools. the nra blamed video games for violence against children. hear from the nra and those who lost loved ones in mass shootings. >>> an east bay high school football star shot and killed in san francisco was honored tonight. se quintana was in the high school. >> his closest friends pay tribute through funny stories. >> my mom would always make hill food. he would love garbonzo beans. i don't know why, but he just did. >> members of the football team honored their fellow football player with a video after this event. on this friday evening a couple hundred people packed into this dimmed gymnasium to pay tribute to a fellow student, friend and talented athlete. the organizers then passed out candles and moved the crowd on to the football field. montrell was only a student since the beginning of the school year, but he left a lasting impression. >> his smile was super contagious. you say hi and you have a bad day and his smile -- you can't help but smile back. >> huey was gunned down last weekend while visiting family in the bay view district of
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Dec 18, 2012 5:30pm PST
on assault weapons. is the nra statement something new? does it represent a change? do we know? >> we can't know. it's intentionally vague. they have a press conference scheduled for friday. they want to make contributions to make sure it doesn't happen again. but you cannot under estimate the intensity of the passion of gun ownership in this country. and in is the nra's constituency. >> we will see what they say friday. thank you, chris. >>> and friday has been set aside as a day of mourning across connecticut. today, the children from newtown schools showed how resilient they are, the single act getting on the school bus. smiling from the windows and reaching out for a hug from a policeman. and dan harris was there. >> reporter: they were greeted at the door with hugs from teachers. the buses bore ribbons in green and white, the colors of sandy hook elementary. there was serious security. police checking every car. but even this officer was giving out hugs. are there any concerns about safety? >> no, they're in a safe place there. >> as you can imagine, it was pretty difficult. what els
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Dec 19, 2012 1:40am PST
square, wall street, and broadway theaters. >>> the nra says it's willing to offer meaningful contributions to ensure shootings like those in newtown never happen again. the gun rights group said it had been silent until now out of respect for the families. a major investment firm announced it's selling the biggest maker of the assault rifle. people see it as a step toward making assault rifles tabu. >> at the end of the day it's not necessarily the dollar that counts but the sense. the sense of the types of weapons we're selling to the general public. >> we'll hear more details about the nra's position at a news conference on friday. >> considering the mood of the nation, you have to wonder -- they have to pick their words very carefully during that news conference. they said nothing up to this point. even their facebook page had been taken down. so it's going to be interesting to see what those folks have to say at the end of the week. >>> also, in newtown, friends and family are preparing to say goodbye to first grade teacher vicki soto, one of those hero teachers. her fune
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Dec 18, 2012 7:00am PST
on the nra. >> reporter: at nra headquarters in virginia on monday, an angry crowd. >> all: shame, shame, shame. >> reporter: hordes of activists protesting the gun lobby. and the debate ignited again. but those in support of the nra questioned whether the assault rifle used in the newtown massacre was really the issue. conservative columnist john fund called in yesterday. >> the bottom line is, the laws don't work. these mass killings are because of psychotic or mentally ill individuals. >> reporter: but some political leaders are fed up with the nation's gun violence. 34 americans are killed every day by firearms. >> this is just ridiculous. this is an outrage. we are killing each other. and we're the only industrialized country in the world doing it. >> reporter: the nation has fought this battle before. in 1994, congress passed an assault weapons ban, after a surge in gun violence across the nation. the law banned 18 types of rifles. but after ten years, it expired, as the gun lobby's power had grown. according to a university of pennsylvania study, the number of mass shootings did d
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Dec 18, 2012 11:00pm PST
.m. >>> the national rifle association issued its first comment today about the school shooting in connecticut. the nra says members are shocked and saddened and the organization is prepared to make meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. >> in newtown tonight people continue to come in large numbers to offer their condolences to a community shattered by what happened. all the while the funerals continue. abc7 news reporter laura anthony is there with the continuing coverage of the tragedy. >> the latest here is that the scene of the tragedy now may never reopen. that is yet to be determined. in the meantime we found local high school students who were out here tonight tending to a more immediate task. they are the young people of sandy hook who committed themselves to keeping all of the tiny flames burning. even as the cold, connecticut rains keep snuffing them out. >> i am just lighting candles since they are all going out with the rain to keep the spirit out and alive and going. >> while the public memorial grows, the private funeral services continue for all of those ki
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Dec 19, 2012 11:00am PST
of mentally ill and requiring background checks at gun shows. nra will hold a news conference friday the group says it is prepared to make meaningful contributions so tragedies like sandy hook never happen again. katie marzullo, abc7 news. >>> today several more funerals will take place, following the massacre, including one for teacher victoria soto, the 27-year-old died while trying to hide her students. the chief medical examiner is taking another approach to could having clues about the shooting of the law enforcement is hoping a gwinnettist can provide answers into the behind -- a againist can provide answers into the mine. again man. laura anthony will have a report tonight at 5. you can sign up for our breaking news alerts at abc7news.com. >>> traffic is moving slowly once again on i-5 this morning after a massive chain reaction crash near the oregon border north of yreka near the town of hornbrook. the freeway was shutdown all night, up to 60 cars and trucks were involved, 16 were hurt, eight taken to the hospital, chp says the mess was caused by black ice and people driving too fast.
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Dec 20, 2012 11:35pm PST
of our special coverage. we'll hear from the nra as well as new york mayor michael bloomberg. thank you for watching, everybody. see you tomorrow. >> dicky: up next on "jimmy kimmel live" -- >> jimmy: justin bieber and selena gomez have broken up. she was cheating on him with general petraeus. >> dicky: jessica lange. >> jimmy: was king kong nice? he seemed like he was really nice. >> congratulations, everybody, i'm now on a downward spiral. >> baby, baby, baby and call me in the morning.
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Dec 31, 2012 4:00am PST
was skeptical of the nra's proposal to put armed guards in every school. >>> a bus crash on an oregon highway has killed nine people and injured others. the tour bus lost control on interstate 84 yesterday morning. it happens in a treacherous section of the blue mountains called dead man pass as the bus was heading back to vancouver from las vegas. the driver survived, but was too badly injured to speak with police. >>> nasty weather being blamed for dozens of accidents across the country. >> here's accuweather meteorologist jim dickey. hi, jim. >>> these early morning temperatures this morning. 5 in burlington, 9 in portland. a cold 18 in boston. now, we switch gears the north central portion of the wasn't. these are your daytime highs. similar numbers. only 9 today in minneapolis, 18 in omaha. that arctic air is surging in. it will lead to light snow across the plains and ohio valley. paula and john, back to you. >>> time for the rest of the new year's eve weather. from across the nation. to the south, snow. expect thunderstorms in much of texas. oklahoma city, little rock, memphis. showers
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Dec 17, 2012 3:00am PST
the connecticut shootings. in fact, the nra's facebook page was taken down a day after it boasted reaching 1.7 million likes. >> i was watching some of the sunday shows and there was one program where they said they invited 31 pro-gun right senators on the show to be part of the panel discussion and not a single one accepted the invitation. >> that's remarkable to me. >> it is. >> typically, the reaction when something like this happens is well, if there were more guns, then this type of thing wouldn't happen. so for example, if the security guard at the school had a gun, this wouldn't have happened. if the teachers had guns, this wouldn't have happened. so i'm surprised the nra has been so silent. these gun enthusiasenthusiasts, surprised they have been silent. >> i think they know all the pro gun rights that obviously for clear reasons, emotions are raw right now. tempers are high, frustration is high. and so they're laying low. but the thing is, the president made it very clear. some legislation is coming. whether it succeeds or not is a different story. >> senator dianne feinstein intend
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Dec 19, 2012 4:00pm PST
leadership. but+ús gun regulations will no doubt meet with resistance from the nra, so far has not commented since the connecticut shooting. but has scheduled a news conference for friday. the president says he's ready. >> nra is an organization with members that are mothers and fathers. >> california senator boxer, and house minority leader nancy pelosi. >> the tragedy in newtown struck the hearts of every american. we have to respond. >> whoever says this is not the right time, say this. when is the right time? >> so issue is front and center. the news conference will tell us about the nature of the debate. >> thank you, mark. sandy hook students will not return to school until 2013. they wail tend classes in an unused middle school in monroe. that school hzn't been used since june, 2011. crews and workers have been making% g< safe for their return. the school will be run by donna page, a retired sandy hook principal. the rft of the students return to class yesterday. parents say at this point they just want to try to return to normalcy. >> i just naturally would love to keep my kids in a
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Dec 23, 2012 6:00am PST
a proposal from the nra to station armed guards at every school in the country. >> the only thing that is stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> several school districts already have armed officers in their schools. chuck sievertson, abc news, new york. >> as the nation searches for ways to prevent mass shootings, abc this week takes on the gun debate. this morning at 8:00 the head of the nra's national school shield program, former congressman and dea administrator hutchinson defends the gun lobby's controversial proposal to make schools safer. don't miss "this week" with george stephanopoulos coming up at 8:00 here on abc7. >> saint anthony's is holding their curbside donation drive. yesterday people dropped off bags and hand-knitted mitt tense and carves were available for those in need. it continues today and tomorrow. lisa argen is here now talking about this system that we just can't seem to get out from under. >> yeah, it's on the way. so not everyone experiencing the moderate rain. it's along the coast with gusty winds and light rains in san francisco. we
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Dec 21, 2012 1:40am PST
. the nra has returned to social media, cautiously posting on twitter and reinstating its account on facebook. i think what you may see at this news conference today, depending on how they choose their words, and you imagine they're going to do it carefully, this could be another turning point within a turning point, because the nra begins to soften or nuance its position on guns a little bit, that would further the discussion on capitol hill. you can't imagine they would come out and not give a little leeway here with some things. >> it has to be firm but it has to be very nuanced. as you just said. because what would be the point of coming out and saying we need more guns and less gun control? i don't think the nation would accept that. that would be rejected immediately. and that's not the position the nra ever wants to be in. >> it's just amazing the dichotomy, the shock, the call for change. meanwhile, gun sales are soaring right now. not just any guns, but the same ones used in newtown are being sold. i think i heard one person say on this show yesterday, $1 million sold in
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Dec 17, 2012 4:00am PST
-savvy nra hasn't tweeted or posted anything on its facebook page since friday. the facebook page was taken down a day after it boasted of reaching 1.7 million likes. >> deafening silence perhaps. >>> coming up, what to tell your children as they go back to school today. >>> and the morning's other news today. signs of progress as we get closer and closer to what seems like big news last week, the fiscal cliff. >>> and kate middleton steps out for the first time since being hospitalized. stay with us. hospitalized. stay wit ♪ ♪ >>> in brookfield, wisconsin, the sikh temple, still reeling from its own mass shooting held a prayer vigil for victims in newtown last night. six people were killed there when a gunman burst into that temple and opened fire last august. >>> unfortunately more gun violence news to bring you this morning. the topeka, kansas, police force is in mourning this morning after two of its officers were gunned down. >> both men were shot in the head when they responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle outside a grocery store. and now there's an intense manhunt for the
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Dec 17, 2012 4:00pm PST
in washington, d.c. this morning. in burlingame, scoot jackson, an nra instructor shows us some guns he uses to teach home defense and personal protections. he says assault weapons and high capacity an anything clips are not the problem. >> kids are detached.h]x#Ñ everybody is in video games. they're detached from parents because of the media sources. >> jackson blames video games and a reliance on prescription drugs to treat behavioral problem autos there are a generation of murderers being raised because of video games and mind altering drug autos at san francisco law center the director says connecticut does have an assault weapons ban now. >> connecticut, however, does not ban large capacity ammunition magazines. that is something we understand was used in this shooting. and unfortunately, it's something we see in almost all mass shootings. >> i did call individual yes game programmers today, and their associations organization did not get a response, coming up at 6:00, long time gun rights members of congress speaking out against the clips, we'll get reaction to that from our firearms
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Dec 17, 2012 6:00pm PST
background checks are supported by nearly three quarters of nra members and i came across another survey showing gun ownership is dropping in the united states. but gun sales are increasing. so fewer people are buying more guns. >> mark, thank you. >> though it's not on tonight's agenda, los gatos town council brace forward an earful of comments over a controversial new store set to open up this weekend. the tragedy in connecticut is only intensifying this debate. from outside, the freshly painted walls of the logo don't tell you much about what is being sold inside of this store. but neighbors do. >> guns kill things. that is why the community, we will like to know about that product before it's available on shelf autos deborah winestein spoke us-to-us in a playground from when they're set to open a gun shop. >> we feel like schools and the neighborhood should be notified. >> the town manager explained why that wasn't possible. >> the section of the town today koed that regulates this area was amendmented in 1987. he doesn't give the town a restriction to hold a public hearing on a reta
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Dec 19, 2012 4:00am PST
. >>> the nra has planned a news conference for friday, to outline what it calls meaningful contributions to the gun control debate. the gun rights group had remained silence on the issue until now. meanwhile, the white house says president obama favors reinstatement of a ban against assault rifles. >>> also, the company that makes the assault rifle used in that shooting is bracing for possible lawsuits. but bushmaster's parent company may be protected by a controversial law passed by congress seven years ago, shielding gunmakers from certain legal actions. a major investment firm, meanwhile, yesterday, announced it was dropping its stake in the company. >>> and one hint of how heated the rhetoric over gun control could get came on piers morgan's cnn show a few hours ago. his guest, the director of gun owners of america. it has rocketed around facebook and twitter overnight. >> i honestly don't understand why you would rather have people be victims of a crime than be able to defend themselves. it's incomprehensible. >> you're an unbelievably stupid man, aren't you? >> it seems to me you'r
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Dec 19, 2012 6:00pm PST
he's road nra is an organization that has members who are mothers and fathers. >> the shooting in newtown set the scene for rewriting the rules. we'll have a better idea about the depth of the debate when the national rifle association holds a conference on friday. >> do you think it's safe to say we'll get a ban on assault weapons? i heard someone you don't need an ak 15 to go huntding. >> hunting is not the issue. people use guns for a lot of other things. people buying guns because they think they need to be protected from the government. you snow. >> that is a different story. >> not just hunting but saying the second amendment says the right to form a militia it's a different topic. >> right right. >> not just about hunting. >> as for the debate, sure :añ set for getting some changes. >> thank you, mark. >> yes. >> political ranker returned to washington in the effort to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. the president saying he's prepared to do tough things for a deal. the latest offer extending tax cuts to everybody making less than $400,000 a year up from his original
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Dec 20, 2012 11:00pm PST
privately u.s. attorney general holder who pay add visit to connecticut today. the nra is expected to hold a major news dovrns make the first full statement since the killings. also tomorrow morning church bell throughout the country will ring at 6:28 one week to the minute of the shooting. 7 news will carry a special report during tomorrow's moment of silence at 6:28. we will air it right here on the morning news and we will also stream it live for you at abc 7 news.com. >>> and there was a moment of silence held tonight for the snook victims. took place in the south bay. amma has the story. >> our beautiful innocent children and 6 of the courageous and loving teachers and helpers. >>reporter: people of all faith gather inside the santa clara county building for a community vigil honoring those killed inked sandy hook elementary shooting. >> we are 3000 miles away but we understand our own children are vulnerable and neighbors. >>reporter: county supervisor hosted event that began with a moment of silence. >> the fear starts to go away when we begin to convene people, to unify peo
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Dec 27, 2012 5:30pm PST
not stop it. >> the nra's blanket call to arm our schools is really nothing more than a distraction. >> reporter: some teachers in utah say they want more gun training. and organizers are already planning another class for the next holiday break. >> i can go up and over. >> reporter: cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. >> cecilia, thank you. >>> and now, made in america tonight and a hopeful sign from ford. the automaker announcing its plan to pump three quarters of a billion dollars into plants in michigan. 2,300 new jobs. >>> and speaking of made in america, our christmas challenge. and tonight, the big reveal here. the factories saying thank you for the joy and the jobs you created. merry christmas. it was the made in america christmas challenge. you can see the christmas lights are up. across the country, even the mall of america. inside, santa taking those requests. david muir with "world news." how are you? >> oh, good. how are you? >> reporter: i'm just curious. of those kids sitting on santa's lap, how much of what they're asking for is made in america? >> oh, oh. i guess -
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Dec 19, 2012 7:00am PST
violence. this morning, after days of silence, the nra, the nation's most powerful gun lobby, announced that it will hold a press conference on friday. and they say they're prepared to make meaningful contributions so tragedies like sandy hook never happen again. are we in the precipice of a sea change? about how this nation deals with guns? >> why the hell can you buy a weapon of mass destruction? that's what it is. that's the first thing that should be gone. >> there have been 70, 70 episodes of school shootings in the united states, since 1994. good lord. really? i mean, should there be that many? >> reporter: big-city mayors and one of the nation's biggest police unions have called for a ban on assault rifles and high-capacity clips. and for some longtime allies of the gun lobby, this week was a tipping point. >> never in my life did i ever think we would have 20 children slaughtered. so, it changed everything. >> reporter: there's signs this morning that everyone, including those that sell guns, are reassessing. at least for now. walmart has stopped online sales of the bushmaster r
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Dec 20, 2012 7:00am PST
gun violence. the nra is expected to speak out tomorrow in its first news conference since the tragedy. and abc's jake tapper joins us from the white house. with the very latest. you asked the president yesterday in the news conference, where have you been for four years on this issue to eradicate semiautomatic weapons? >> reporter: that's right. then-senator biden had written that ban into law in 1994. but it expired in 2004. the vice president will be meeting with chiefs of police who support reinstating that ban. and the president will be reaching out to lawmakers to try to come up with post-newtown solutions. president obama had promised the citizens of newtown meaningful action. and in a morning press conference, he explained what that meant. an administration focused on preventing future tragedies by focusing on mental health, culture, education, and gun control. >> the fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing. the fact that we can't prevent every act of violence doesn't mean we can't steadily reduce the violence and prevent the very worst vi
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Dec 18, 2012 4:00pm PST
. >> that is right. pledging to make sure that this never happens again. nra promises to reveal details so we shall see. more young victims laid to rest today. abc 7 news is live tonight from new town, connecticut.
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Dec 18, 2012 6:00pm PST
to the fabric, the fabric of your being. >> now, while as reporters at nra broke silence today, we've seen little discussion near sandy hook. disee one man out here for a short time holding a sign that said something to the effect it was the shooter not the guns. he was here just a short time, then a group of people walked up and asked him to leave. >> laura, thank you. right now a vigil under way in pleasanton to honor lives lost this, one organized by pta for people to share grief and express support for the devastated community. abc 7 news is live in pleasanton for us. >> hundreds, possibly thousands of community gatherings like this one are popping up across the country this, one organize bid two pta moms. they recognized a need. supposed to be a small vigil for a community but word leaked out, organizers say more people expressed the need to be here, now expecting mayor, chief ask school superintendent. in all of this confusion and sadness people are searching for come nort a place tochl press themselves in these gathering that's serve as a starting point. >> there is power in just si
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Dec 19, 2012 6:00am PST
orders joe biden to lead the charge in changing policies after sandy hook. the nra is set to speak out now for the first time, as the debate on gun control breaks wide-open. >> why the hell can you buy a weapon of mass destruction? >>> the eagle has landed. take a look at t
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Dec 20, 2012 5:00am PST
dying breath i'm a proud owner and live time member with the nra i've always been i also have a responsible to say come to the table, i want to hear both sides. >> reporter: there will be more services today. abc news in new york reports there will be five funerals and six wakes there were nine funerals and wakes, yesterday including knows for a teacher and principal. the shooter and his mother nancy we heard about her concern for her son and his mental health. cnn is reporting the day before her death she returned from a short trip alone to a luxury resort in new hampshire. friends say in recent years she felt comfortable leaving adam at home, unsupervisedded. katie marzullo, abc7 news. >>> -- >>> santa clara county leaders will hold a vigil tonight for the victims of the school tragedy last night members of the bay area sikh community gathered to offer their prayers. after the vigil in fairfield, there was a discussion about issues related to the tradition including gun control and mental health aid. the congregation is inviting peep of all religions for another service sund
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Dec 23, 2012 5:00am PST
to prevent mass shootings, abc this week takes on the gun debate. this morning at 8:00 the head of the nra's national school she would program, former congressman and dea administrator hutchinson defends the gun lobby's controversial proposal to make schools safer. don't miss this week with george stephanopoulos coming up at 8:00 here on abc7. >> the family of apple founder steve jobs lost the fighting over an his yacht. it is over an unpaid bill. this is what the high-tech yacht venues looks like. the designer claims the heira owes him $4 million of the $12 million fee. the yacht cost $138 million to build. >>> san francisco police are marking the sixth anniversary of the death of within of their own today. officer brian was killed as he tried to arrest a prison escapee in the sunset district. the 28-year-old was one of several officers searching for 33-year-old morlon ruff. when police went to move in, rutf opened fire, hitting tavera, who died in the hospital the next day. if you would like to pay your respects you can go to the community room named of a him at the police station today
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Dec 23, 2012 9:00am PST
? on abc's this week this george stephanopoulos asa hutchinson compares the current nra proposal with the national debate that took place before armed air martials were put on planes in an effort to deter terrorism. >> it was an intense debate that on o airplanes guns have no place. it has increased the security of the airlines. it is not like it is an armed camp. it is a discrete use of armed guards that has a presence there to protect america. >> georgia senator johnny isaacson reports the columbine took place five years in the ten year assault weapons ban which congress eventually allowed to expire. >>> saint anthony's in san francisco is holding its 4th annual curbside donation drive. yesterday people dropped by clothes and food by the bagful. donated hand knitted scars and socks were also available for those in need. it continues today and tomorrow. even in the rain, people are coming out, lisa, to donate. and that a rain is going to continue. >>> that's right. we are getting pounded right now in parts of the way area as a strong cold front is pushing into the bay. here is a
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Dec 28, 2012 1:40am PST
security guard on campus and another one nearby could not stop it. >> the nra's blanket call to arm our schools is really nothing more than a distraction. >> reporter: some teachers in utah say they want more gun training. and organizers are already planning another class for the next holiday break. cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. >> you didn't have any armed teachers when you grew up, did you? >> i did. i had an armed teacher, not a teacher, an officer and a drug sniffing dog to go around and sniff the lockers. but i never thought about whether they made me feel safe. >> what do you think now in retrospect, do you think it kept your school safe? >> it may have. i grew up in a small town. we never had too many bad things happen. >> the discussions come up after newtown. these are very important discussions people are having about how to keep schools safe. i think the question i would ask, where do you draw the line? if it's teachers that are armed, who is to say parents might not say we want to patrol our kid's school? i don't know the answers to that. it's very complicated. >> it
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Dec 21, 2012 7:00am PST
gun control saying we hear you. also today, the nra is explaining steps to prevent another tragedy. >>> and on wall street this morning, investors are growing more concerned that congress will fail to reach a deal to avoid that fiscal cliff at the end of the year. just last night, house speaker john boehner's so-called plan "b" to prevent tax increases failed in the house. >>> meantime, farmers are warning that milk prices could skyrocket to $6 or $8 a gallon. if congress fails to pass a new farm bill. >>> we have just learned that president obama will nominate john kerry as the next secretary of state to succeed hillary clinton. that official announcement is expected later this afternoon. and i think we should unlike this. it could soon cost you to send an e-mail on facebook. the company is testing out a new service that will charge $1 to guarantee that an e-mail you sent to a nonfriend gets into their inbox, reducing the chance of them mistaking it for spam. no. i hope you have a budget for that. >>> and finally, a special princess is celebrating a special birthday. disney's orig
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Dec 24, 2012 7:00am PST
, this is the first time a female security officer has been involved. >>> the nra is not backing away from its call for armed officers in our nation's schools. and the group vows to fight any effort by congress to strengthen gun control laws. now congressman chris murphy, whose district includes newtown, calls the stance "tone deaf and revolting." >>> a real christmas gift, it would be getting to where you're going on time today. storms are causing major travel trouble throughout the nation. it's not only trying to get through snow-covered roads. rain and wind are grounding flights in the warmer parts of the country as well. >>> and finally, christmas will be a good time to do a little star-gazing. jupiter and the moon will be very close together in the sky and very bright. you'll be able to see them even in urban areas. the star of bethlehem may have been a similar astronomical event. i'm told you have to look to the east-southeast sky. wherever that may be. you'll see a bright silvery star. on christmas night. you can tell the children, it's santa returning to the north pole. >> will we be able t
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Dec 28, 2012 7:00am PST
themselves on campus. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. >> the nra's blanket call to arm our schools is really nothing more than a distraction. >> reporter: as the debate in washington rages on, so do the classes on how to arm teachers in utah. >> we just want to make sure that people have the tools at their disposal to mitigate risk and save lives at the end of the day. >> reporter: this training was so popular, there's already another one planned for the next school break. for "good morning america," cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. >>> switching gears, now, to how to lighten up the gloomy winter months? not just for us, but for your pets. apparently, it's all rooted in science. it turns out, your dog or your cat may be depressed. and the treatment that works for humans could also work for your pets. it's true. abc's dan harris has the story. >> reporter: of all the absurd things we do for our pets, the massages, the themed birthday parties, the treadmills, the high-end couture. the paris hilton $325,000 doghouse. >> inside is moldings and ligh
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Dec 20, 2012 1:40am PST
to head it, because he's the one that wrote the assault ban laws in '94. >> and don't forget, the nra having their press conference tomorrow. should be fascinating what they have to say. and, you know, kind of how their words are chosen tomorrow. >> we'll see. >>> one senator's plan calls for using the national guard to beef up security at the nation's schools. democrat barbara boxer wants money set aside for the nation's governors to call in the national guard to help school patrols. she also wants a $30 million annual grant for campus security increased to $50 million to buy more metal detectors and other school security needs. >> and part of the program may be able to fund the entire thing through the federal government. if school leaders and state leaders so choose, there will be federal money to finance that thing, but people say do we want to turn our schools into police states? that's the thing. >> i don't think it will save a child's life. we have to do something. we have to do something. but the other thing is, we don't know where this type of thing could happen. because it h
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